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2020 – JULY 11 ISSUE: CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

The announced Corrales Fourth of July Parade was cancelled just days before it was to have launched due to an intense spike in COVID-19 infections. Of the 753 cases in Sandoval County at that time, 22 were in Corrales. Mayor Jo Anne Roake encouraged strict adherence to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s toughened guidelines. On July 3, the mayor’s message urged compliance with the new orders. “The Village will always put your safety first in this time of pandemic. It’s been the message for months.

“We’ve had to cancel the vehicle-only Fourth of July Parade.We thought we’d be in Stage 2 [of re-opening] by now, and our cases would be down. Instead, we are spiking, and some are not observing social distancing rules or wearing masks.
“So we just cannot risk the possibility of a mass gathering, or a super-spreader. We will get through this if we pull together, and when we do, we will have one heck of a party.”

According to the governor’s public health order, anyone in a public setting, such as a store, restaurant, park or other site, should wear a face covering. Failure to do so could bring a $100 fine. A fine may be imposed on a business that refuses to require face covering and on a proprietor who does not don one when attending to members of the public. Citations may be issued by a State Police officer or local police.

Exemptions from the face-covering rule are for eating, drinking or exercising. Such violations or non-compliance can be reported at http://www.newmexico. gov/2020. A complaint should not be called to the 911 emergency line. Anyone returning to New Mexico after out-of-state travel is required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Village Administrator Ron Curry said Corrales residents generally were respecting and complying with newly imposed restrictions to confront the disease’s spread. He said police officers were not having to contend with villagers who rebelled against the governor’s public health orders.“Our police folks have been practicing community policing for many years, so if there has been an issue, generally speaking, it has been some one who is trying to intrude into the village.

“When we started the new style at the Corrales Growers’ Market, that created some controversy with some folks, until they got in the groove. Now we’re back to the traditional style with a lot of social distancing.

“But as far as people being intemperate, we’ve had some complaints about some establishments around town where people have not worn a mask, but we’ve been pretty quiet about it. The governor has given us a little more emphasis to deal with resistance so we can manage it better.

“Our hope is that people will continue to inform themselves that this isn’t a political issue, it’s a public health issue that we’re trying to deal with.

“There have been a few incidents, but I’d say that most people are trying to comply.”

2020 – JULY 11 ISSUE: GET YOUR NOMINATION IN FOR PET MAYOR 2020


The pandemic may have halted many events in their tracks, including the State Fair and the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, but Tracy and Chuck Stabenow and the forces behind the Corrales Harvest Festival are determined that the 2020 Pet Mayor election will go forward.

The Harvest Festival itself still officially is scheduled to take place September 26 and 27, though whether that will stand likely is in doubt. Still, Corrales needs a Pet Mayor in these troubled times. The 2019 Pet Mayor, Tank, continues to serve, his tongue well out when temperatures top 90 degrees.

Pet Mayor organizers are seeking candidates from right now through August 24. If your critter is calm, cool, conciliatory and well-informed, consider entering her/him in the contest. To register on line, see http://www.corralesharvestfestival.com/2020-pet-mayoral-election.

As of press time, the form could not filled on line. But that may change. Meanwhile, print out the form, fill it in and mail it to Pet Mayor Election, 4 Acoma Trail, Corrales, NM 87048. Or print it, fill it out, scan or photograph it, and email it to petmayor@corralesharvestfestival.com.

Then, develop a catchy campaign slogan for your pet, and create a campaign flyer that can be put on the Harvest Festival’s website for all to see. The more creative your campaign flyer, the more votes you likely will receive.

Due to social distancing and safety, the election will be handled differently this year. Campaigning and voting all will happen online. No polling stations will be set up this year, and no candidates will make appearances. So it is vital you visit the Corrales Harvest Festival’s website to view and vote for candidates.

If all goes as planned, voting will begin September 1, and end the last weekend of September. Voting is $1 per vote, and you can vote online as often and for as much money as you would like. This is a fundraiser, and Pet Mayor planners want to continue raising money for organizations and activities that benefit the needs of Corrales’ two-legged and four-legged community. The new pet mayor will be announced on Sunday, September 27, the possibility of a Pet Parade still under discussion. And all participants will receive awards and prizes.

If you have questions about the pet mayor election, please call Tracy Stabenow at 713-202-5805.

As for the Corrales Harvest Festival, scheduled to run September 26 and 27, long time Kiwanis volunteer and former Festival chief Tony Messec emailed that for months Kiwanis has been discussing the possibility of holding the 2020 Corrales Harvest Festival, though since March many involved were skeptical about being able to hold the usual style festival.

“We held out hope for a miracle: a successful treatment or a vaccine. When it became clear that wasn’t going to happen, we did make an official decision last month that the 2020 Harvest Festival would not be held in its traditional fashion. We’re still hoping to be able to have some virtual activities such as the Pet Mayor race, hootenanny — suggestions from Corrales Comment readers are welcome— but there will be no tractor hay rides, Arts and Crafts Fair, Food Court, or similar, in 2020.”

Messec added that “We’re really sorry, because we know how much many locals look forward to the annual CHF. We enjoy staging it, even though it practically kills some of us each year. And, it raises funds that we can pass back to worthwhile organizations in our community. That’s probably our biggest regret. That’s what Kiwanis clubs exist to do: provide assistance to children and our communities. We expect to be able to hold a 2021 CHF and will begin working toward that goal in the fall.”

2020-JULY 11 ISSUE: BALLOON FIESTA POSTPONED


By Meredith Hughes

We have no Balloon Fiesta this year, yet another casualty of the pandemic which had been fairly well beaten back in New Mexico —until it no longer was.

Ironically, the Balloon Fiesta Park field has been functioning busily for some time as a drive-up COVID-19 testing site via Presbyterian, which typically can do about 800 tests per day. Yet it was so overwhelmed July 3, with cars backed up onto San Mateo by 11 a.m., that Presbyterian closed up early. Normally, the site is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. To be certain of hours call 841-1234.

The testing site issue was just one of many tackled by those guiding the non-profit Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in recent weeks. It posted the fiesta postponement notice on its website June 22, stating, “This year we were prepared to host more than 600 pilots, facilitate 1,657 RV reservations, coordinate with hundreds of sponsors, support more than a thousand volunteers, order 230,000 pieces of merchandise, as well as work with entertainers and concessionaires.”

“It’s an extensive process that requires a lot of planning. If we were to move forward with these steps, and in the end not be able to have an event in October, it would put the event and organization in a very vulnerable position.”

Corrales’ Matt Guthrie, chairman of the all-volunteer, 24-person fiesta board, supported by a year-round staff of 20, said in a recent interview that “multiple scenarios were considered,” during many meetings.

The first was to go “all-in,” as usual, but “as things tightened we looked at a second scenario, or Balloon Fiesta Light.”

This version of the event would have limited everything —balloons, spectators, and vendors, operating with strict directional traffic guidelines, eliminating music events, chain saw carving and similar, as well as buffet food operations. As Guthrie pointed out, the park is big enough that traffic could well have been contained.

Then came scenario C, Cyber Fiesta. “No guests, only 200 “local” balloons, but even this would have been dependent on finding safe lodging for visitors….” This might have made many happy, Guthrie noted, “As people here like saying, it’s October, and look at all the balloons in the air!” But, this “Mecca of world balloonists” surely would have been constrained by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s July 1 amendment to the state public health order requiring interstate and overseas travelers to self-isolate or self-quarantine for 14 days on arrival in New Mexico.

So then, inevitably, the decision to postpone —not cancel, but postpone. Why that word choice? Because the fiesta thus will take place in 2021, keeping the numbering accurate, according to Guthrie.The 50th anniversary celebration will then be held, one assumes, in 2022.

Fiesta organizers point out that “all 2020 tickets purchased whether General Admission, Park & Ride, Gondola Club, Chasers Club, Concierge or Glamping will be valid at Balloon Fiesta 2021, scheduled to take place October 2-10.”
Also, all RV reservations in place for 2020 will be honored in 2021. Visitors who cannot attend the 2021 event but hold bookings for 2020 can contact balloons@balloonfiesta.com or call 821-1000 for assistance.

An odd plus for collectors of fiesta patches and gear is that items purchased back in January for this year’s expected event, are for sale online, at balloonfiestastuff.com. True collectors find value in objects slated to be released in conjunction with an event on a certain date, that does not then materialize.

You must create an account, log in, purchase, and then either drive to the Fiesta Office at 4401 Alameda for pickup, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4, or the event’s staff will mail your items to you.

Aside from the loss to New Mexico of tourism revenue generated by close to 900,000 visitors, this decision impacts the event’s loyal vendors, many of whom count on Balloon Fiesta sales to keep their businesses going. Guthrie believes some already have run out of the revenue that the fiesta typically would refresh. Fiesta decision-makers stated online that “we know that there is an entire community, city and state invested in [the Balloon Fiesta’s] success, making this the most difficult decision we’ve ever faced as an organization.”

Corrales balloonist and longtime volunteer Steve Komadina said “There really was no other decision that could have been made in an extraordinary time.  Regardless of what the government has said, it was the right thing to do for the safety of the pilots, crews, spectators and sponsors.  Looking forward to return to normal next year,  if the virus is tamed.”

Former Corrales Mayor Scott Kominiak responded, “Not much choice this  year since the essence of the event is massive crowds enjoying the show.  Looking forward to next year.”

Corrales pilot Bill Dickey summed it up this way: “I am glad the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta had the courage to do the right thing. We have been flying in the fiesta for the last 40 years, and involved for 48 years.  We will really miss having it this year.  But, extraordinary times require extraordinary measures.” Village Administrator Ron Curry, who pilots the 770 KOB balloon, weighed in, too. “Right call all around. I hope the idea of a pop-up fiesta does not happen.  It could create issues for us all. We all can still drink Gruet!”

And there is this positive note: a drive-in movie theater is going in now in the south parking lot of Balloon Fiesta field. Installed by Pop Up Movies of America, the theater will accommodate a maximm of 500 cars, due to social distancing, and likely will show the film Back to the Future first.

CRIME ALERT – SLAUGHTER OF CORRALES PONY PROMPTS OUTPOURING OF DONATIONS FOR REWARD


The killing of a large pony in its corral near Cabezon Road and Caminito Alegre at the south end of Corrales late at night June 25 shocked villagers and led to a fundraising effort for a reward for information. The crime is being investigated by the N.M. Livestock Board; donations for a reward are being channeled to Crimestoppers in Albuquerque.

Donations to the “Justice for Rocky” reward fund can be sent to Corrales Horse and Mule People at https://gf.me/u/yc589h or mailed to CHAMP, PO Box 1064, Corrales NM 87048 with Justice for Rocky in the memo line.

Rocky, the Welsh pony owned by Carrie Atkins, was butchered in its pen that night and much of its meat was hauled away. “It would appear from the way the horse was butchered that it was for consumption,” a Corrales horse owner reported.

Suspicious activity around livestock pens should be reported to the Corrales Police Department’s dispatch by calling 891-7226.

The Crime Stoppers phone line is 505-843-STOP.

2020 – JUNE 6 ISSUE: PROSPECTS FOR REOPENING APS SCHOOLS, PROGRAMS


Reopening Albuquerque Public Schools in August will depend on many factors, including an acute need for more school custodians, given the sanitization issues during a pandemic, as well as a lack of school nurses, in many cases.

Revitalizing the state’s economy is dependent in part on parents who cannot work from home, and want their kids back in the classroom.

The New Mexico Public Education Department has convened a School Re-entry Task Force comprised of administrators, students, legislators, educators, parents, public and school health officials, advocates and union and school board personnel, which thus far has met virtually.

Representing APS are Kathy Chavez, executive vice-president of the American Federation of Teachers of New Mexico; Victoria Chavez, parent, Albuquerque Public Schools; Tami Coleman, chief financial officer of Albuquerque Public Schools; Stephanie Ly, president of the American Federation of Teachers of New Mexico; and Jennifer Sanchez, parent, Albuquerque Public Schools.

One of the education department’s first moves is to ask families “to complete an online survey about their experiences with continuous learning during the school closing period triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The department hopes that survey responses will help school districts better meet community needs and aid the task force in shaping plans for reopening public schools. Each survey takes about eight minutes per student to complete.
Use the survey here: https://tripod.sjc1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_08JAHrqU9z7YRvv

Questions focus on “both open and close-ended questions about their child’s level of engagement in school, the family’s level of satisfaction with their school’s expectations and supports, their school’s ability to meet the child’s individual needs, and their communication preferences.”

According to N.M. Education Secretary Ryan Stewart, plans under discussion include in-person instruction, continued distance learning and hybrid options.
He acknowledged that once schools were shut down by the pandemic both families and students were required to work with a “Continuous Learning Plan” of which they had little knowledge.

In support of summer school learning, APS has checked out more than 10,000 Chromebooks to families without a computer at home. APS is continuing to work with several partners on making sure students have access to the internet so they can check in regularly with their teachers and access content as they continue learning at home.

And the district is using operational funds to cover internet costs for families in need. Schools will be reaching out to families that have indicated they need assistance. Families also may contact their child’s school if they need help accessing the internet. The deadline to sign up for Comcast sponsored by APS has been extended to June 30.

Comcast also is providing free Internet for low-income families. New customers get the first two months free. For complete details sign up online at http://www.internetessentials.com/covid19, or call 855-846-8376. Spanish-only speakers can call 855-765-6995.

Secretary Stewart noted that while all involved are aiming for an August school reopening, plans could include “fully returning to campus, partially returning to campus, and transitioning between classroom and distance learning in the event of an outbreak.”

The department hopes that survey responses will help school districts better meet community needs and aid the task force in shaping plans for reopening public schools. Each survey takes about eight minutes per student to complete.
Use the survey here: https://tripod.sjc1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_08JAHrqU9z7YRvv

Questions focus on “both open and close-ended questions about their child’s level of engagement in school, the family’s level of satisfaction with their school’s expectations and supports, their school’s ability to meet the child’s individual needs, and their communication preferences.”

According to N.M. Education Secretary Ryan Stewart, plans under discussion include in-person instruction, continued distance learning and hybrid options.
He acknowledged that once schools were shut down by the pandemic both families and students were required to work with a “Continuous Learning Plan” of which they had little knowledge.

In support of summer school learning, APS has checked out more than 10,000 Chromebooks to families without a computer at home. APS is continuing to work with several partners on making sure students have access to the internet so they can check in regularly with their teachers and access content as they continue learning at home.

And the district is using operational funds to cover internet costs for families in need. Schools will be reaching out to families that have indicated they need assistance. Families also may contact their child’s school if they need help accessing the internet. The deadline to sign up for Comcast sponsored by APS has been extended to June 30.

Comcast also is providing free Internet for low-income families. New customers get the first two months free. For complete details sign up online at http://www.internetessentials.com/covid19, or call 855-846-8376. Spanish-only speakers can call 855-765-6995.

Secretary Stewart noted that while all involved are aiming for an August school reopening, plans could include “fully returning to campus, partially returning to campus, and transitioning between classroom and distance learning in the event of an outbreak.”

2020-MAY 23 ISSUE: VILLAGE FACILITIES REOPENING

Aligning with Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s pandemic re-opening strategy, Mayor Jo Anne Roake released a plan to re-start the local economy and return to normal operations at Village facilities. “The Village is committed to helping our government and businesses reopen in a safe, responsible manner, recognizing that public health and safety is always our number one priority. Our goal is to return to normal government and economic activity, when deemed safe to do so, while taking steps to protect the public,” she announced May 15.

Local factors that will be involved in re-opening decisions, she said, include:
• The trajectory of positive cases in Sandoval County;
• Statistics of data related to positive cases, particularly as it relates to our ZIP code 87048  and those close to us in Rio Rancho and Albuquerque;
• Current local conditions and the governor's directives; and
• Awareness that many workers come from larger populated areas to work in our businesses and in our government.

She said portable hand washing stations will be installed along Corrales Road for our guests and locals and stand-alone hand sanitizer stations  would be available as appropriate. Roake said the Village will adhere to all current directives from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and state health officials.

The mayor’s plan urges residents and visitors to wear fact coverings, practice social distancing, wash and sanitize hands and limit travel outside home.

Phase one:
• Village personnel will continue to work through modified operational processes currently in place to serve citizens. The Village will follow health and safety and CDC guidelines and protect our employees. Village Hall will continue to be closed to the public. Citizens will be able to conduct business online and by phone.
• Public meetings will continue as defined by the Attorney General guidelines and will be conducted via teleconference.

Phase two:
• Village staff will be back to work but continue to limit public access to our facilities.

We will follow the Governor's health orders for safeguarding employees, while continuing to provide services to the public through phone, online, and by email. Certain in-person meetings may also be permitted by appointment only and by following social distancing practices.

Phase three:
• The Village plans to reopen Village Hall, with some modifications to protect visitors and employees from the spread of COVID-19.

People will have to enter the building through the main entry doors, and only two customers will be allowed at the payment and Planning and Zoning areas at a time. There will be no waiting in the lobby area, and overflow waiting will be outside.

• The Village recommends visitors to Village Hall wear gloves and a mask.
•Appointments will be required to meet with Village staff members, and customers are encouraged to utilize online services or mail to conduct business with the Village.
• Public meetings may resume in person.
• B&Bs, phases one and two - no rentals to out of state visitors.
• Parks and Rec, phases one and two - limit gatherings to ten people or less
• Maintain social distancing when allowable• Benches and other high traffic areas will be sanitized daily
• Outdoor restrooms will be sanitized daily
• Play equipment will remain closed until otherwise stated
• Tennis courts will be limited to four people at a time  If full, time limits will be set on players so that others may use the courts. Entrance gate will be sanitized daily
• Liam Knight Pond is not a state park and will be considered as a Parks and Recreation facility. That means it falls under the statement above and will remained closed until allowed to open. When allowed to open:  maintain social distancing protocol; benches will be limited to one person each; capacity limits (20 persons); benches will be sanitized daily
• Corrales Swimming Pool: We are unable to get our annual inspection and a permit to operate until the Environmental Department gets approval from the state to resume operation. Until that time, the pool will remain closed.  When allowed to open: Limits to capacity (50 persons); Time limit on patrons at the pool facilities (2-hour sessions) ; Glass barriers between patrons and cashier; Social distancing markers for entrance line; Sanitizing measures will be taken in between patron sessions (four times daily); Temperature checks of all patrons entering pool area. Everyone must shower before entering pool
• Robert Bell Skate Park: Maintain social distancing protocol;  Benches limited to one person each;  Benches and high traffic areas will be sanitized daily
• Corrales Library: Phase one - Starting June 1, 2020, Monday through Friday, 2 to 6 p.m. the library will offer patrons curbside delivery of items on hold. The  library remains closed. For online website services see http://www.corraleslibrary.org.

BREAKING NEWS: COVID-19 TEST SITE IN CORRALES MAY 13, REC CENTER

On Wednesday May, 13, 2020 starting at 9:00am there will be a COVID-19 test site in the Village of Corrales at the Corrales Recreation Center 500 Jones Road, Corrales NM 87048.  To help increase the number of people that can be tested, PLEASE call (505)867-2291 ext 5  to be screened and pre-register for an appointment time. This helps the testing process move quicker.  Please register if you have symptoms of COVID -19 which include- cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, or at least two of these symptoms:, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat,  loss of taste or smell. Please call to be screened for registration if you are pregnant, over 65, are an essential worker, or live in a home or have had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID19. If you have questions on if you can be tested please call (505)867-2291.

The test site is being conducted by the New Mexico Department of Health Sandoval County Public Health Office. Your information will not be collected by or shared with the Village of Corrales. If you are in any of the above categories you can register to test as long as there are still swabs available for the site. Pre-registration will help ensure people in these categories can be tested.

2020 MAY 9 ISSUE: EMERGENCY EQUINE FEED ASSISTANCE OFFERED

Any resident of New Mexico with personal equines who is struggling related to COVID-19 or other emergency circumstance may apply for assistance with feed. Animal Protection of New Mexico, the state’s leading advocate for the humane treatment of animals, set up a program for equine emergency feed assistance for those affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Apply online at APNM.org/HorseHelp or call 803-3770.

Since 2010, Animal Protection of New Mexico’s Equine Protection Fund has provided crucial assistance to over 1,300 equines in homes and sanctuaries across the state. Over the last month, the organization’s helpline has responded to a substantial increase in requests for emergency feed assistance due to the COVID-19 crisis, and it wants to continue to provide support to the community during this time.

2020-MAY 9 ISSUE: PARADE FOR CORRALES GRADUATES SAT. MAY 23 ON CORONADO, LOMA LARGA

A Corrales parade has been arranged for high school graduates Saturday, May 23 in lieu of the traditional commencement ceremonies. The parade starts promptly at 10 a.m. at the Recreation Center and heads south to Coronado Road (mostly bypassing Corrales Road) and then goes west to Loma Largo before returning to Corrales Road from West Ella Drive where it ends.

Coordinator is Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Siverts, who explained “The parade may be viewed from any public easement along the route.

“Do not block any driveways, and do not park in areas labeled ‘No Parking.’ Spectators need to remain in the vehicle to ensure social distancing, and should only have family members they are currently living with in their vehicles.”

The Fire Department’s Tanya Lattin is helping coordinate. She said participating vehicles should convene in the rec center’s back parking lot by 9:45 a.m. “Decorate your vehicle to honor your school and classmates. Everyone gathering at the recreation c enter needs to remain in their car.

“Spectators, please watch from your car.”

Draft rules prohibit alcoholic beverages and revving of engines and burning rubber with vehicle tires. Candy or other materials should not be thrown or dropped from vehicles along the parade route by parade entries. “Participants who are not present and lined up by 9:45 a.m. will not be allowed to participate,” the draft rules stated. Spectators and parade entries are encouraged to review final rules as the event draws near.

2020- APRIL 25 ISSUE: CLIMATE CHANGE MEETING CANCELLED

The United Nations climate change conference (COP26) that was set to take place in Glasgow, Scotland in November has been postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic.    This decision has been taken by the COP Bureau of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), with the United Kingdom and its Italian partners.

Dates for a rescheduled conference in 2021, hosted in Glasgow, will be set out in due course following further discussion with parties.   “In light of the ongoing, worldwide effects of COVID-19, holding an ambitious, inclusive COP26 in November 2020 is no longer possible,” organizers said.   “Rescheduling will ensure all parties can focus on the issues to be discussed at this vital conference and allow more time for the necessary preparations to take place. We will continue to work with all involved to increase climate ambition, build resilience and lower emissions.  COP26 President-Designate and Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Alok Sharma explained, “The world is currently facing an unprecedented global challenge and countries are rightly focusing their efforts on saving lives and fighting COVID-19. That is why we have decided to reschedule COP26.”

UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa added, “COVID-19 is the most urgent threat facing humanity today, but we cannot forget that climate change is the biggest threat facing humanity over the long term. “Soon, economies will restart. This is a chance for nations to recover better, to include the most vulnerable in those plans, and a chance to shape the 21st century economy in ways that are clean, green, healthy, just, safe and more resilient.  “In the meantime, we continue to support and to urge nations to significantly boost climate ambition in line with the Paris Agreement.” With 197 Parties, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has near universal membership and is the parent treaty of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement. The main aim of the Paris Agreement is to keep a global average temperature rise this century well below two degrees Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

The UNFCCC is also the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The ultimate objective of all agreements under the UNFCCC is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system, in a time frame which allows ecosystems to adapt naturally and enables sustainable development.

2020- APRIL 25 ISSUE: SENATORS URGE INTERIOR TO HOLD OFF APPROVALS, POLICIES

U.S. Senator Tom Udall and senators from Oregon wrote a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt urging Interior to immediately suspend any policy proposals or actions unrelated to the COVID-19 emergency that require a public comment period until the threats of COVID-19 have subsided. Udall is the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies. The Oregon senators were Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley.  The senators sent the letter as Americans across the country are focused on the safety and well-being of their families and themselves during this global crisis, meaning public comment periods on policy actions at this time cannot fully reflect public opinion and meaningful participation.
In New Mexico, the Department of the Interior oversees approximately 27 million acres, about 34 percent of the state’s total lands. Late last month, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) entered into a public comment period for the sale of federal public land in Eddy, Lea and Chaves counties while COVID-19 confirmed cases had jumped to 403 with seen confirmed deaths across the state.  “As the country is addressing the public health emergency of COVID-19, the agencies within the Department of Interior should be focused on how to bolster the response to COVID-19 in communities across America, not push through policy with limited public input,” the senators wrote. “Americans should not be required to find and comment on the Department’s rule making, while they are experiencing major disruptions with childcare, employment, and safety.”  “The Department is also obligated to undertake tribal consultation for many of its decisions, a process which cannot effectively take place when tribal governments are responding to the public health emergency. Under these circumstances, any policies put forward by the Department would not have the appropriate level of public input and the validity of such policy would be brought into question,” the senators continued.
Udall and the entire New Mexico delegation sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt asking for the Department of Interior to extend the public comment period for the joint Draft Resource Management Plan Amendment (RMPA) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the area around Chaco Culture National Historical Park by at least 120 days due to the limited ability of the public to participate during the COVID-19 pandemic emergency.

Special Announcement: Facemasks

FACE MASKS AND COVOID-19

With the new directive that everyone should wear a facemask to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, a villager has proposed that Corrales residents produce such coverings to be distributed free at sites around town.
“If we don’t get everybody into a facemask soon, it’s going to be devastating,” said Harry Center.
There is a sewing machine in most homes, he said, and just about any fabric can be sewn into a mask covering nose and mouth using readily available patterns. Typically they are secured with an elastic band or cloth ties.
Center, whose father ran a gas station and auto repair business in the 1970s from the building now occupied by Ex Novo Brewery, suggested the sewn masks could be left in help-yourself boxes as such locations as Village Mercantile, the Frontier Mart, the gas station or Corrales Pharmacy.
He can be reached at (505)480-1009.

PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM

All Corrales businesses would probably qualify for financial help to weather the strains caused by the virtual shut-down of commerce due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The federal economic stimulus program launched by Congress’ CARES Act last month allocates $349 billion for loans across the nation which may not need to be repaid.
Deadline is June 30.
“This money will go quickly, and New Mexico small businesses must act as soon as possible to obtain loans,” the State’s secretary of Economic Development, Alicia Keyes, advised April 4. “Many businesses struggling through this crisis need a financial bridge to help them survive and recover once this crisis eases.”
Two programs rolled out this month could help: the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. Under the latter, a small business with under 500 employees can borrow up to $2 million, with an up-front grant of up to $10,000 presumably available within three days of approval.
Those loans can be requested through the U.S. Small Business Administration website disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/
Under the Paycheck Protection Program, a business can borrow up to $10 million with an interest rate of just 1 percent. The loan is deferrable for six months. And the loan will be forgiven entirely if the business keeps all employees on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest of utilities.
An application for such a loan/grant should be made through the business’ local bank or other lender. For more information, see http://www.sba.gov/paycheck protection. gov.
Grants or loans will be made on a first-come, first-served basis, so funds may be depleted quickly.

2020- May 9 ISSUE: Special Announcement: Resources Convoid-19

By Meredith Hughes
Here are brief updates, links and information we think may be of value during this period of closures.. Some of this is perhaps well known by now, some not. We keep updating this information.
Note that up-to-date information on businesses is likely to appear on their social media pages, rather than on their websites.

Health and safety
• Overview from the Office of the Governor: http://www.newmexico.gov
If you need help: http://www.newmexico.gov/i-need-assistance
• Coronavirus health hotline: 1-855-600-3453
• Coronavirus information hotline: 1-833-551-0518
• Covid-19 cases in New Mexico: http://www.cv.nmhealth.org
• New: Data site for New Mexico info by zip code: cvprovider.nmhealth.org/ public-dashboard.html
• Sandoval County info: http://www.sandovalcountynm.gov/covid19-information
• Village of Corrales: http://www.corrales-nm.org/clerk/page/village-corrales-taking-precautionary-measures-prevent-spread-covid-19
• Village in the Village: Contact the Call Manager, 274-6206.
Want to donate blood? Call 877-258-4825 or go to vitalant.org, a non profit blood supplier.
• PNM Good Neighbor Fund: PNM announced it would help pay electric bills for New Mexico customers who now find their household suddenly falls into a low-income status after their employer cut their hours or closed the doors due to COVID-19. Up to $150. Call provider at 967-8045.
Stay in touch with your neighbors via nextdoor.com.
• Corrales Parks and Rec Center reports it has “temporarily suspended our 2020 Swim Season Registration, which would normally have begun May 1.” All are hopeful there will be a summer swim season.

Businesses in or near Corrales
Food and drink, sundries
• Perea’s. Updated 4/20. Open for take-out orders Thursday, Friday and Saturday only, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 898-2442 or call John at 239-8440.
• Indigo Crow. Updated 4/18. Limited takeout or delivery within Corrales. New dinner menu is posted online each week and may be picked up from 3 to 8 p.m. indigocrowcafe.net, 898-7000.
• Casa Vieja Event Center and Brewery. Updated 4/18. Buy growlers, wine, for pickup by calling Maria at 363-5176. Buy gift cards: casaviejabrewery.com/
• Corrales Bistro Brewery. Updated 5/2 New menu here: cbbistro.com/ lunch-dinner/ Available for takeout/delivery from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. cbbistro.com 897-1036. “Going relatively well.”
• Village Pizza. Updated 4/18. Open at 11 a.m., ready for drive-thru takeout at noon. villagepizzanm.com 898-0045. Recently thanked locals: “We are working very hard to get the drive thru lanes perfected at the Corrales location, thank you for your patience as we navigate how to be take out only when we were not designed for it!”
• Flying Star. Updated 5/2. Walk-in, call in and online orders. Current promotion of roasted coffee from Satellite. “For for every pound we sell at $9.95, we’re donating $1 to the NMRA’s Serving NM Fund to help local hospitality workers that have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.” Offer extended through end of May. 8 to 8 daily. flyingstarcafe.com. Also via DoorDash, or the Flying Star app. 938-4717.
• Frontier Mart. Updated 4/18.Now under the new ownership of Elizabeth and Gabe Holguin, as the Waszaks settle into retirement. Open with adjusted hours, weekdays 6 a.m.-8 p.m. and weekends 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 898-0311. Check the website for the latest: http://www.frontiermart.com
• The Westside La Montanita Co-Op has closed permanently.
• Hannah & Nate’s. Updated 4/18. Orders to go. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weekends 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The proceeds are going to their employees. 898-2370.
• Candlestick Coffee Roasters. Updated 4/18. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily except Tuesday. ExNovo Brewery is now selling Candlestick Coffee Beans, along with its brews. As is SilverLeafFarmStand. Order by phone and Zack will bring your items out to you. Free delivery in Corrales. Call 720-557-0364 or order off their website, http://www.candlestickcoffee.com.
• Las Ristras. Updated 5/2. Appears to be closed. 433-4192.
• ExNovo. Updated 5/2. Package sales, 12-6 p.m. daily. “There’s a monster line right now!” Candlestick Coffee Beans, too. Call to order and for curbside pickup. 508-0547.
• Acequia Winery. Package sales only. Call 264-1656.
• Pasando Tiempo Winery. Updated 4/18. “We will be offering Curbside Pick up on all purchases of bottles/cases of wine. In addition we would like to offer our customers a 20 percent discount on all bottles.” Call ahead and they will bring your order out to you. 228-0154
• Milagro Winery. Updated 4/18. Order wines for pickup via new web presence, milagrofarmstand.com. And also, in collaboration with Silver Leaf Farms, you can order veggies, bread, cheese, local jams and coffees at silverleaffarmstand.com, and pick them up here Thursdays, from noon to 6 p.m. As well as package sales then, and during the week. Call ahead and they will bring it out to you. 463-8453.
• Corrales Winery. Updated 4/18. Package sales only, Saturday and Sunday 12-5 p.m. New: 10 percent off six or more bottles. Call 239-1496 to place an order.
• The Range Cafe. Updated 5/2. On Coors. All Range restaurants closed since March 29 are now open for carry-out and/or delivery. Every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. rangecafe.com 835-5495.
• Whispering Bean. Updated 5/2. Near Sprouts. Open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed Sundays. Customers walk in, place the order, and walk out with same. No sitting down. You can order their fresh beans online, http://www.whisperingbean.com/coffee. 697-9919.

Other businesses
• The Village Mercantile. Updated 4/18 . Open, with hours from 8:30 to 5:30 during the week, Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You may also call 897-9328 to place your order, give credit card over the phone, allow them 20-30 minutes to get it together, call when you arrive and they will bring it to your vehicle. For plants and seeds, without entering the store, look around the outside garden area, make a list, leave it on a table near the door. Call from your car to finish the deal. New: Five items delivered within five miles, for $5. Other deliveries at varying prices. To keep up with the latest, visit: http://www.tinyurl.com/yb7v34gl.
• Red Paint Studio. Updated 4/18. Artist Laura Balombini is moving in early June, after three years at her Corrales Road location. Moving sales of art are underway. Call her at 207-266-9634, or email lbalombini@yahoo.com.
• Whimsy. Closed.
• Corrales Hemporium. Updated 4/18. Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 898-5252. They will deliver within five miles of the store.
• Thrive Chiropractic. By appointment only. 775-343-5350 or email drcaseylittle@gmail.com.
• Just for Looks and Hair Expose by Martha. Updated 5/2. Closed since March 17. Gail Horan thinks it unlikely they will reopen until mid-June, if then.
• EtCetera. email them at et.cetera@ comcast.net
• Frame-n-Art. Updated 4/18. Closed. But if you truly must get a project framed, you can call 898-0660 to make an appointment.
• Secondhand Treasures. Closed.
• Quilts Ole. Updated 5/2. Now doing curbside. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 10a.m. to 4 p.m. Some members have been making and distributing Covid-19 masks.  890-9416.
• Prized Possessions. Closed. Possibly available by appointment. 899-4800.
• Strat Academy. Open to current students only.
• Chocolate Turtle B&B. Open. 898-1800.
• Casa Perea Art Space/ Pachamama. Closed.
• Morningstar B&B. Open. 322-2177.
• Corazon de Corrales B&B. Open. 891-4408.
• Sandhill Crane B&B. Open. 898-2445.
• SW Therapy & Rehab. Updated. Closed. You can buy some of their products on Ebay, http://www.ebay.com/str/swtherapy.
• Saumya Ayurveda. Updated 4/18. Book a virtual consultation by phone. 612-743-4289. Online videos via Facebook page.
• Corrales Pharmacy. Open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 897-3784.
• Corrales Chiropractic. Updated 4/18. Open by appointment. Book here: tinyurl.com/y9hb7by5 or call 738-6897.
• Ideum. The Governor’s Office has verified that Ideum's hardware fabrication operations are considered essential services. Its multi-touch tables and displays are used by many government agencies, all branches of the US military, national laboratories, municipalities, and first responders. In addition, numerous other businesses considered essential by the State of New Mexico, such as the company’s customers in transportation, utilities, and medicine and research, rely on Ideum hardware. ideum.com/news/updated-message-from-ideum-covid-19.
• Wild Birds Unlimited, Near Sprouts on Corrales Road, and open now from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and closed Sundays. Place your order with your credit card by calling 717-1385. You may also order online at order.wbu. com/westalbuquerque. Call again when you arrive, and they will bring your order to your car and place it in the trunk. The store also is happy to deliver your order directly to your front door within a 15-mile radius.
Getting groceries/meds

Check online, as many stores are adjusting their policies
Instacart, at instacart.com, offers online ordering and home delivery for the following area businesses: Sprouts, Smith’s, Albertson’s, Costco, CVS Pharmacy, Natural Grocers, Sam’s Club and Petco.
• Trader Joe’s first hour of business is for seniors only. Daily, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Natural Grocers is open for seniors Sundays, 9 to 10 a.m. Daily 9 a.m. to 7:05 p.m.
• Albertsons, open for seniors until 9 a.m., Monday and Thursday. Daily 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
• Whole Foods delivers, via Amazon Prime. Stores open 8 to 8 daily, with seniors welcome at 7 a.m.
• Sprouts. Updated 5/2. Daily, now 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. No Senior hours.
• Smith’s. Updated 5/2. 8 to 8 daily.Senior hours, 7 to 8 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

F) Corrales Comment- Donations, Ad Discounts, Free Subscriptions, List of Essential Businesses

We Are In This Together; The Corrales Comment and Local Businesses Need Your Help

Corrales Comment is offering free on-line subscriptions to this community newspaper in response to the ongoing crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Comment’s new website is now up and running and available for all to use at no charge during the closures ordered by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. While the governor’s directive explicitly exempts newspapers, including Corrales Comment,  and other news media from the mandatory closures, we have closed the office to walk-in traffic for the time being. However we will continue to gather and report the news on this website and in the print version on the regular schedule.
Corrales Comment is offering special advertising rates for businesses that wish to notify readers about their hours of operation or closure or other information, including sales specials and online offers. Please email those ads or notices to us at jradford19@comcast.net.  We can also be reached by phone at 505-897-3700.

The governor’s closure order ___  Specifically exempts the following types of businesses:

“Businesses deemed essential that may remain open are:
•Health care operations including hospitals, walk-in-care health facilities, emergency veterinary and livestock services, pharmacies, medical wholesale and distribution, home health care workers or aides for the elderly, emergency dental facilities, nursing homes, residential health care facilities, research facilities, congregate care facilities, intermediate care facilities for those with intellectual or developmental disabilities, supportive living homes, home health care providers, and medical supplies and equipment manufacturers and providers;
•Homeless shelters, food banks, and other services providing care to indigent or needy populations;
•Childcare facilities necessary to provide services to those workers employed by essential businesses and essential non-profit entities;
•Grocery stores, all food and beverage stores, supermarkets, food banks, farmers’ markets and vendors who sell food, convenience stores, and other businesses that generate the majority of their revenue from the sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet food, feed, and other animal supply stores, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products;
•Farms, ranches, and other food cultivation, processing, or packaging operations;
•All facilities used by law enforcement personnel, first responders, firefighters, emergency management personnel, dispatch operators, and court personnel.
•Infrastructure operations including, but not limited to, public works construction; commercial and residential facility construction and maintenance; airport operations; public transportation; airlines; taxis; private transportation providers; water, sewer, trash and recycling collection, processing and disposal; gas; electrical; oil drilling; oil refining; natural resources extraction or mining operations; nuclear material research and enrichment; those attendant to the repair and construction of roads and highways; solid waste collection and removal; processing and disposal; data and internet providers; data centers; and telecommunications systems;
•Manufacturing operations involved in food processing, manufacturing agents, chemicals, fertilizer, pharmaceuticals, sanitary products, household paper products, telecommunications, microelectronics/semi-conductor, primary metals manufacturers, machinery manufacturers, electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturers, and transportation equipment manufacturers;
•Services necessary to maintain the safety and sanitation of residences or essential businesses including security services, custodial services, plumbers, electricians, and other skilled trades;
•Media services including television, radio, and newspaper operations;
•Gas stations, automobile repair facilities, and retailers who generate the majority of their revenue from the sale of automobile repair products;
•Hardware stores;
•Laundromats and dry cleaner services;
•Utilities, including their contractors and suppliers, engaged in power generation, fuel supply and transmission, water and wastewater supply;
•Funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries;
•Banks, credit unions, insurance providers, payroll services, brokerage services, and investment management firms;
•Real estate services including brokers, title companies, and related services.
•Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes;
•Laboratories and defense and national security-related operations supporting the United States government or a contractor to the United States government;
•Restaurants, but only for delivery or carry out and local breweries or distilleries but only for carry out;
•Professional services, such as legal or accounting services, but only where necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities; and
•Logistics and businesses that store, ship or deliver groceries, food, goods or services directly to residences or retailers.
The order is in effect until April 10.
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The Corrales Comment and Local Businesses Need Your Help
If you would like to help Corrales Comment continue its news coverage during the severe economic down-turn caused by the coronavirus outbreak, monetary donations could be made by credit card by calling the Comment office at 897-3700, or by mailing a contribution to Corrales Comment PO Box 806 Corrales NM 87048. We appreciate your support… and hope you enjoyed our recent Corrales Garden & Landscape issue!  We have not missed publishing a single issue since the first paper in February 1982,  and with your help, we’ll keep on doing it right through the current crisis.

2020- APRIL 11 ISSUE: Special Announcement: Mayor’s Coronavirus Message

The Mayor's Message on Covid-19

There's definitely a change in the way we are talking about coronavirus. Yes, it is here in New Mexico, but we are not going to panic. We are going to do what we can to protect ourselves and each other. Our goal is to stop or slow the spread of the virus to ensure New Mexico will have adequate medical resources to take care of those of us who will need help. What each of us chooses to do protects not only us, but those around us, especially our more vulnerable neighbors. Please wash your hands, wipe down surfaces and avoid crowds. Most of us are going to be just fine, even if we get ill, but these safeguards are crucial to those who are most at risk. But what about government? One of its main functions is to safeguard the health and welfare  of its citizens. Therefore, following state directives to limit exposure, the Village is canceling public meetings and programs within our buildings. The Library will be closed until further notice.  The Village Administration Office will be open but needs to limit in-person visits; instead, would you please call us and see if we can address your issue over the phone or by email? These measures are meant to avoid gatherings where safe social distance cannot be maintained. Of course, emergency services will continue normally. Check the website for additional local information and updates, along with links to the New Mexico Department of Health and Center for Disease Control.  The Village of Corrales will continue to plan, prepare and adapt to new information. Its citizens will continue to make smart decisions based on personal risk factors and their care for others. Let's work together to be the healthiest community we can be.

- Jo Anne Roake Mayor of Corrales

2020 NOV. 21 ISSUE: CORRECTION


The November 7 issue contained an article indicating the Wagner family’s Farmland Experience at the north end of Corrales might not be in compliance with COVID-19 restrictions. Jim Wagner contacted Corrales Comment to clarify that authorities had visited the site numerous times and found no violations of coronavirus safe practices.

The field closed to visitors October 31.

The Farmland Experience website says “We are adhering to the CDC guidelines and NM Health department requirements to keep our fellow New Mexicans safe.” A separate tab on the website recommends social distancing and mask-wearing, and says that hand sanitizer is found throughout the field.

Special Announcement: Growers’ Market Schedule

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Growers' Market Preview

The Corrales Growers’ Market still expects to be welcoming you to its final Winter Market on April 6, from 11a.m. to 1 p.m.
It will start the regular weekly Sunday season on April 26, from 9 a.m. to noon, featuring the music of Rob Rowman. That was the word as of March 16, anyway. Plans are afoot to keep shoppers well distributed and separated during any market session.
The Wednesday Markets will start later in the season and have new hours, convening from 9 a.m. to noon just like the Sunday markets.
The Maker’s Market selling from the grass adjoining the Growers’ Market is making plans to start up again in June.
While the market held its annual vendors meeting March 15, no word as yet regarding new vendors or vendors dropping out. Fifty-seven vendors are listed on the market website.

B) Special Announcement: Fire Dept Plant Auction

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Fire Department Plant Auction

Not busy enough with Master Gardener gigs, including a primer on tomatoes at the Village Mercantile, at 10 a.m., March 21, as well as a longer presentation at Meadowlark Senior Center on March 26, Corrales’ Sam Thompson, along with her husband, John, is doing a fundraising auction. It’s at, and for, the Corrales Fire Department on April 25 at 1 p.m.
Fire departments continually face what to do with decommissioned equipment, including boots and helmets. The Thompsons took some given to them by Fire Chief Anthony Martinez. They painted them, planted a couple of them, left them outside all winter to test how well the paint held up, and it did.
Sam Thompson says they have five pairs of boots, three red and two turquoise. And artist Bonnie Mitisek will be adding her one-of-a-kind signature touch to them.
Twenty helmets of varying colors, with hangers, will be planted up for auction as well. It is likely that succulents, donated by the Santa Ana Greenhouse, will be the plants of choice for this project.

C) Special Announcement: Garden Tour Canceled

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2020 Garden Tour Canceled

One of Corrales’ most delightful, engaging and educational events will not take place this year, sadly. The Garden Tour originally set for June 7 is taking a pass, but intends to return in 2021 full strength.
According to Garden Committee Co-chair Deborah Louie-VandeVelde, “It was a difficult decision to postpone the tour this year but after losing most of the gardens that had committed to show and not having backups that wanted to do the show this year…” the committee decided to take a breath.
In part this event also is victim to the current concerns about COVID-19, as the tour requires lots of volunteers throughout the gardens.
Louie-VandeVelde added that the committee has “great ideas for next year and maybe after all this craziness is over we can also get more volunteers to join up.”
As the committee’s Sandi Hoover wrote, “Whether you are interested in whimsy and visible puns, plantings that show xeric doesn’t mean boring …or you just want to enjoy beauty designed by someone else, the tour will have a garden for you.”
Next year.

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